The experience of lockdown has changed all of us, one way or another. One change has been that more and more people are turning to prayer – including Christians, those from other faiths and those who profess no religious faith.
Who knows what people have been praying, maybe people have been calling out for help in times of crisis? Do they believe God listened?
We are convinced that now is a tremendous opportunity for people who call themselves Christian to pause and consider how God wants to be with us, as individuals, churches and societies, today and into the future.
In this newsletter, you will find resources suitable for
~ committed Christians
~ those new to faith or prayer
~ those with internet access or without
~ people time rich or time poor
~ folk confident in prayer or taking first steps
We encourage you to use your imagination with these resources.
You might want to invite someone to host a space for people to:
~ talk together after they have watched the films
~ talk about what they have learnt or re-learnt in the booklets
~ share their reflections once a week while using A Story to Tell, possibly in worship
~ pray together in pairs or threes
You might want to use your wayside pulpit or online presence to teach people about the range and multiple ways to pray.
You might want to invite people from outside of church to ‘events’ like those listed above.
If the people you work with have internet access, please encourage them to access the online versions of these resources wherever possible – for the sake of the environment and the costs of postage! But where you have people who cannot access these resources online, please email Edel and she will post out print copies to a central address, for you to distribute to individuals.
There are lots of resources in this newsletter to keep you going for months!
NEW! Click on an item to be taken to that item in this newsletter:
~ A Story to Tell – spiritual journal
~ Simple Prayer Guidebook – ways of praying
~ Simple Prayer films – how to pray
~ Taketime – online meditations
~ A Methodist Way of Life – spiritual rhythm and accompaniment
~ Spiritual Leadership – recording of an online seminar
~ Quiet days and retreats – online space
~ Pray As You Stay – an app